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Got a Kindle or a Nook for Christmas, but not sure what to do next? Bring your digital device to the Gordon Cooper Branch Library on from 6-7:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday evenings, Jan. 7 and 9, to learn how to get started. Library staff and volunteers will be on hand to help you download free library e-books, music and audio books to your new e-reader devices. Bring your device charged, your library card and your login information for Amazon or Barnes & Noble. For more information call 963-2889.

Start the new year off with a plan with Financial Peace University (FPU). Through video teaching, class discussions and interactive small group activities, FPU presents biblical, practical steps to get from where you are to where you’ve dreamed you could be. This plan will show you how to heal relationships, get rid of debt, manage your money, spend and save wisely, and much more. A preview session will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6, at Mountain View Church. Nine weekly classes begin Sunday, Jan. 13. Contact or (970)379-1496 for more information. Materials cost $89.

Read a Book. Rate a Book. Redeem your Reward. Rinse & Repeat! This opportunity is for teens throughout the entire month of January at the Rifle Branch Library. Not only do participants get to read new books and receive prizes for doing so, but they will be helping others learn about great reads, as all reviews will be posted on the library website and on the book itself.

The 2013 Winter Lecture Series kicks off at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17, at the Glenwood Springs Branch Library with local author John A. Reeves speaking on “Mines of Coal Basin.” Reeves’ book recounts tales of adventure, courage, determination and innovation in Redstone. Reeves was the vice president and president of Mid-Continent Coal and Coke Co. and Mid-Continent Resources. The Winter Lecture Series is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served. For more information please call 945-5958 or 945-4448.

Got a new tech toy for Christmas and not quite sure what to do with it? Starting on Dec. 26, book a librarian or tech specialist to assist one-on-one with setting up and utilizing new devices. Final appointments will be held at the Rifle Branch Library on Jan. 3 in half-hour sessions during the library’s regular business hours. Stop by the front desk of the library to sign up. Slots are limited.Call 625-3471 for more information.

The Defiance Thrift Store has provided more than $6,000 worth of clothing to nearly 550 adults and children in 2012. Now that winter has come, there is a bigger demand for snow boots, long underwear and gloves than what Defiance can deliver. Children’s coats and adult large to XX-large winter and ski coats are also in short supply. The holidays are a great time to go through your closets and storage units to make room for your new gifts. Plus, with the end of the year coming up, all donations to Defiance are tax-deductible. Defiance accepts almost everything – call 945-0234 for more info.

Garfield County parents are invited to register their families for the 15-week Nurturing Parenting Program (NPP) starting in January. The class enhances empathy, self worth, empowerment, and discipline as parents and children have fun and grow closer as a family. Space is limited, and the program is offered at no cost to participants.For more information and to register, contact Joyce Christensen at 625-5282, ext. 3261, or e-mail

Have you left the Catholic Church? Whether you stopped attending Mass one year ago or 40 years ago, we miss you and invite you to explore full communion with Jesus Christ and his church. If you would like to explore this possibility, consider attending a six-part series at St. Stephen Catholic Church after the new year. No commitments are required, just openness. Call the parish office at 945-6673 for more details and to register.

Jennifer Bouchet, MSW, a certified grief recovery specialist, is now offering the Grief Recovery Method Outreach Program for individuals and groups in the Roaring Fork Valley. The program provides action choices that help people move beyond the pain caused by loss.From 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, a Grief Recovery Method group begins. It will meet at the Carbondale Community United Methodist Church, 385 S. Second St., and run for 11 consecutive Tuesday evenings, with the final meeting on March 19. For information or to reserve a spot in the coming group, please call Jennifer at 970-456-7026.

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